Hostels in Canada Hostels in Canada

You are looking for hostels in Canada? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Canada hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Canada.

All Cities in Canada

We list every single hostel in Canada and the world. In total, we have 135 cities in Canada for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Canada hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Canada. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Canada

Canada. home to some of the most amazing mountain ranges and scenery that you will ever see and some incredible wildlife. There are an abundance of different and amazing experiences that you can have here from east to west, north to south. Canada is made up of ten different provinces that mostly border the United States in the south and three different territories in the north. There are hostels in most of the provinces and territories. The most popular of the provinces to visit are British Colombia, Alberta, Quebec, and Ontario, and these are where you will find majority of the hostels to stay in.

On the east side of the country is the province of Quebec. Montreal is the largest of the cities in the province. There is an obvious shift in cultural towards a more liberal and European feel as you arrive into this city. Getting around Quebec can be quite expensive and difficult as the public transport infrastructure in poor, but check with your hostel for other alternatives or hire a car if you are wanting to travel Quebec more thoroughly.

Just to the west you will find the province of Ontario, home to the capital city, Ottawa and the largest city in Canada, Toronto. Toronto is a cultural melting pot with so much to see and do. It is the city in Ontario with the most hostels for you to stay at and to base yourself out of. It's a great destination to fly into or out of when you first arrive into Canada. Or you can take the overnight bus easily enough to here from New York City. Getting around is fairly easy on the Greyhound buses which run frequently towards the west and towards Montreal with Megabus.

There are also some amazing sights to be seen in the other provinces through central Canada, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and all the way out through the Maritimes out east. You will find that there will not be as many hostels out in these provinces and that the public transport system is not great. If you do have access to a car, plan your trip around the hostel locations throughout New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, as these are some stunning provinces with amazing seafood and nature. The people here are also some of the friendliest you will ever meet. If you get a chance, head up north to the Yukon and see the northern lights, a spectacular experience.

For those who like their mountains a little bigger and more spectacular, head further west to Alberta the Rocky Mountains. The most popular town to visit for exploring the mountain regions is Banff. There are quite a few hostels in and around the Banff National Park in the different towns along it, and a few others that head up towards the Jasper National Park as well. Some of these hostels are seasonal and only open in the summer, so make sure you do your research first. The two larger cities to explore are Calgary and Edmonton, although a couple of days tops in each of these places should be enough as there isn't really a great deal to do here.

British Columbia in the west side of the country is known for its more chilled out and relaxed nature. You can take some time out and spend a few days at a Vancouver Island hostel chilling out in the summer. Or enjoy the gloriousness that the city of Vancouver has to offer. Or in the winter months, head up to Whistler and to enjoy the ski season.

There is so much to see and do here in Canada, you could spend an entire lifetime exploring the country and still never see it all or fail to be blown away by its beauty.

expert for Canada hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Canada hostels Globetrotter

Travel Tips for Canada - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Canada. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Canada. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Canada

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Canada?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Canada here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.

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Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Canada safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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